Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
—Back at Home—
Back at home, Mia was in her everyday clothes.
But she wasn’t sad at all. When she closed her eyes she could see herself in many different lands with each and all of her new friends.
Her face broke into a smile and she screamed, “Mommy! Daddy! I have been on a wonderful adventure!”
For in Mia’s hands was a book that she had been reading.
On the last page of the book Mia read,
“The little girl with long dark hair, big brown eyes, puffy cheeks who saw Mia waving at her from the book heard her daddy call, ‘Belle! Time for bed!’ And Belle, who always listened to her daddy, closed the book and went to bed. But only after she read a few more lines. Because Belle, like Mia, loved to read.”
Mia closed her book, too and also went to bed.
While Mia lay in bed she closed her eyes and dreamed about spending more time with the many little girls she had met and who also grew up to become princesses and see all their dreams come true. And Mia knew that someday, her dreams would come true, too!
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